Today I’m guest blogger on romance writer Bernadette Marie’s website talking about how I came to be interested in Tudor history, and how it led to the writing of my historical time travel romance novel Of All the Western Stars.
On Tuesday, I was the featured interview on the site, setting a record for the most visits to that site, author Bernadette Marie tells me, to read my interview. The interview is still there, so stop in to read. On Friday we’ll will be giving away a copy of my romance novel, Of All the Western Stars, to one winner.
In the guest blog, I talk about how I was bitter to have encountered the marvelous history of Tudor England at an early age. Bitter? Yes, because no one had seen fit to let me know amazing time in history existed, hiding it in a tedious recitation of names and dates. Those of us who have roamed through history know the world of the past, much like science fiction shows us the history of the future, is fascinating, bright, and filled with people whose lives shaped us and our world.
In the interview, I talk about how my romance novel came about, giving credit to my own romance with my now-husband, Geo Rule:
This novel came about because I was in the midst of the first real romance of my own with the man who is now my husband. We met online, on an Internet science fiction forum in the early days before things like online dating existed, and had a long-distance romance from 2000 miles apart. While this frustrated, distant, but powerful romance of our own was taking place, I took my first trip to England, visiting the very locations I use in the novel. All these things twined for me from these experiences of my own—love with a distant, unreachable man in a strangely science fiction way combined with the locations and people of Tudor England. In many ways, Of All the Western Stars is a bit autobiographical!
My historical-time travel-science fiction romance novel, Of All the Western Stars, is now available on Kindle from Amazon.com! You don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books. Just select to purchase the novel, then Amazon will ask if you’d like to read the novel right away online, or if you’d like to download their free Kindle reading software.
Of All the Western Stars is a foray into the land of the Tudors. The novel is a romance with history meeting science fiction as a young man, Ashur, time travels from five hundred years in our future to the world five hundred years in our past.
Lost and trapped, Ashur meets Lisette Weston, a young lady also trapped in the world of Tudor England. Obliged to marry for the good of family position, Lisette faces a loveless future of restriction and tedium until she finds Ashur and the magic he brings to her world.
But Ashur is not her shining knight come to rescue her and sweep her away with him. He is a fugitive from the future with a terrible burden of conscience for his own actions, pursued by those whose quest for vengeance against him will stop at nothing.
Author Bernadette Marie has been an avid writer since the early age of 13, when she’d fill notebook after notebook with stories that she’d share with her friends. Her journey into novel writing started the summer before eighth grade when her father gave her an old typewriter. At all times of the day and night you would find her on the back porch penning her first work, which she would continue to write for the next 22 years. In 2007 – after marriage, filling her chronic entrepreneurial needs, and having five children – Bernadette began to write seriously with the goal of being published. That year she wrote 12 books. In 2009 she was contracted for her first trilogy and the published author was born. In 2011 she (being the entrepreneur that she is) opened her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, and has released contemporary titles and will begin the process, eventually, of taking on other authors in other genres. Also in 2011 she became co-owner of Seven Songs Press and will release a novella as part of an anthology with other very talented authors in November 2011.